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War Of The Flies

Yesterday I spent a good bit of time trying to calm the pupsters. Several big and buzzing flies got in to wreak havoc on my afternoon. 

At this point, Charlie gets low to the floor and trots as fast as he can to the bedroom, as though a helicopter is flying low over him. Then he commences to scratching on a closet door until I get up and let him in one. 

Charlie has lots of phobias. Most concern flying insects of any variety. Whether it be a big fly or a tiny gnat. Now Abi has taken up the phobia too. 

Usually she's not a foot from me. But I realized I hadn't seen her in a bit, so got up from working on my computer to look for her. 

This is how I found the pitiful creature...

Sitting in the dark in the bathtub. The last place I would look for her. A place both she and Charlie hate because it means bath time. 

If there was a tornado in the area, Abi had it covered. She was in the best spot to not be blown away. 

So I spent the afternoon with the zapper chasing the darned things. I got one. The other one managed to escape me.

Today this is where Charlie is. On the bed that is up against the wall, watching a squirrel that has been taunting him for days. (When he isn't running from flies).

Apparently the fly got out or hopefully died a long and particularly painful death, for all the trouble it caused me.

Now look at him. Full alert. Shaking with excitement. The squirrel is but a few feet from him, with a window separating them. It is digging in one of my flower pots for dropped sunflower seeds.

I need a dog whisperer. And somebody with better aim to chase those darned flies with the zapper. Someone who could do both would be fantastic. 

So if you know of anyone with these skills, please let me know.

This would have to be a volunteer position. But I promise you hours of sitting on my lovely patio with the perfume of blooming flowers and all the coffee (or iced tea) you can drink. 

Brenda Pruitt
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  1. Poor pups! If my daughter's dog spots a bug or fly he is running upstairs and hiding under the bed all day. Let me know if you figure it out...

  2. Your dogs have the cutest personalities and I love your humor. :)

  3. Ditto what Stacey said, and I'll add that Abi's ears never fail to crack me up.

  4. I wish I had a bug zapper. I hate flies too. The pupsters are smart enough to know that flies are just plain nasty. xo Laura

  5. So entertaining these little fur babies are. I call mine Terrorists mostly because they are terrified of so many things. What would we ever do without them? Hugs, Karie

  6. I'm surprised Abi wound up in the bathtub. My little Morkie is afraid of nothing. He used to chase the horse, get in the stall w/him, flies don't bother him at all.

  7. If you can get it maybe some of that old fly paper that hangs from the ceiling would catch them before the pupsters see the flies. Though it might be another thing that scares them. I can get it up here in Canada. I hang it just by where my patio door opens. Does s good job for me

  8. I always get a laugh from Abi's ears..poor pups..

  9. Your poor babies, I feel for them. They are darling. Layla freaks over the buzzing noise of flies but she chases and snaps at them nonetheless. If you see them in a window, give them a squirt of Windex. I get them for about a week in the early summer, I think they "hatch" from somewhere in our basement.

    I thought if you when I got the new Pier 1 catalog---totally boho and colorful!

    Jane x

  10. Love this post! My daughter's little teacup pom is also afraid of flies and runs under the bed or into the bathroom where she has a little pink bed to hide in when thunder tries to get her! She is the cutest thing, just like your pups. Blessings, Carolyn in Florida

  11. Oh, poor little scared babies! Our first Corgi was terrified of the bug zapper on the back porch and of hanging Boston ferns. Our current Corgi, Sophie, will chase a fly for hours or until she gets it. She's pretty fast! I would sit on your lovely patio if I could and love on those two cuties. :)

  12. Poor things, I know that the anxiety they feel makes you feel it also. I'm not any good at bug zapping sorry!

  13. Poor babies! I'm with them, I HATE flies! We live near poultry houses, so we do fight them in the summer. I'm pretty good with a regular fly swatter, don't know about a zapper though! :)

  14. Oh goodness, gracious, these pupsters of yours are way too cute and bright!
    I have been admiring Charlie's stance, and perky frame.
    Flies bother me too-so I may apply for the position!

  15. Laughed out Loud with this post! My kitties are bug finders, flies, spiders, whatever, they drive us crazy until we take them out. Problem is that you have to be fast to grab the dead or wounded critter with a paper towel, otherwise they will eat them. eeewww.

  16. Sorry I cannot help you with regular flies. Now if you have fruit flies and I'm your girl! I can tell you the magic potion! My dog and cat will chase the flies hoping to kill them. Neither one eats them but they love the chase. We used to feed them to our African water frog as a treat! Glad that the pups are ok now!

  17. Ah poor little baby sitting in the bathtub!! :( So cute, though!

  18. Oh no, poor puppies. I know how they feel - not a fan of flies either! Your dogs are adorable!

  19. Flies can be so annoying ...

    I love the purple colour of those petals.

    All the best Jan

  20. Flies can be so annoying ...

    I love the purple colour of those petals.

    All the best Jan

  21. If I lived closer I would love to come and help! Your garden looks very serene. Hope that is the last of the flies.

  22. Poor babies! I can't stand a buzzing creature in my house, either.... flies, mosquitos (darn Texas), etc... I will spend hours hunting them down.

  23. Oh Brenda, I can relate 100%! My little Sophie (a Westie) is so afraid of any flying insects as well. Immediately she runs for cover under the bed until we kill the darn thing and then I have to get her and tell her a 100 times that it's ok that mama killed the fly before she feels safe to be out again.

  24. I'm with the pups...flying bugs? Oh...shudder! :)

  25. I know they're ugly, but you could hide one in an inconspicuous place...a sticky strip that lures flying pests.

  26. The flies are intense here as well! My sweet boy, Ruger (English Bulldog) likes to chase them and catch them in his mouth! (YUCK!) Then he spits them back out!

  27. Poor pups! Living in fear is miserable... I know from experience. Wish I lived nearby. Sitting on your patio and drinking tea sounds heavenly. Don't know how much help I'd be with the pups but I'm sympathetic and can zap flies!

  28. Hang some of those sticky fly strips around and indoors put some alcohol in a spray bottle as a fly spray and the wipe up when done. Good luck. Flies are such a nuisance.

  29. I’m loving this! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls


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